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Horncastle man jailed after breaching community order for assault

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

Skegness Magistrates' Court

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A HORNCASTLE man, serving a court imposed community order for assault, had "no intention of completing the order", Skegness Magistrates were told.

Mark Frederick Paling, 36, of Cromwell Avenue, admitted failing to attend for unpaid work on two occasions in August and also failing to keep in touch with his probation officer since early August without a reasonable explanation.

His supervising officer told magistrates that Paling was in breach of his order for the third time.

Paling had been sentenced to a two year community order with supervision and a requirement to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work for the community in November 2010 for assault.

In mitigation, Andrea Wilkes said Paling's partner had been taken to hospital following a road collision and he had moved to Scunthorpe to be near her and had asked his mother to contact the Probation Service, but she didn't do so.

The court was told Paling also owed more than £1,800 in unpaid fines, costs and compensation.

Magistrates revoked the community order and imposed a prison sentence of 10 weeks custody for the assault and four weeks custody consecutive for the unpaid fines, suspended for 12 months.

They also imposed a residence condition.

He was told that if he did not pay the fines off at £40 a week, he would be likely to serve the four weeks custody.

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